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"You may know me as someone who had never lived in Los Angeles too much competition from other people wearing sunglasses all the time. But in my spare time, I talked tech and you're listening to Rico decode from the vox media podcast network today in the red share is Eric Garcetti the mayor of Los Angeles, which I love. I actually love Los Angeles is drive around today and thinking that he was first elected to the post in two thousand thirteen. It was reelected. Last year rented talk about the state of local politics. That tech scene in LA and much more Eric. Welcome to Rico decode mayor, right? Please that. Okay. Eric daughter, that's just the title for a little bit. I'm your daddy. Excellent title. So we're talking about a range of things including national politics, which you've been discussed running for president, and let's start first in Los Angeles. Talk a little bit about your background that people don't know you go through it just a very quick natives of Los Angeles. Actually, fourth generation Angelino my newest family member to come here is my grandfather over one hundred years ago, but I represent the city's absolute sprawling and beautiful diversity and half Mexican half Jewish with an Italian last name. I grew up in the San Fernando Valley which was where the Brady bunch home was in the middle of nowhere in the middle of everywhere and grew up, you know, pretty anonymously. I think people think I grew up in politics because my dad later after I was in college van for district attorney, but he was a prosecutor just align prosecutor growing up. My mom worked in charitable foundations and grew up in a very kind of middle class San Fernando Valley life as valley girl came out and thought, I always wanted to do something to change the world. But I figured. That might be my parents raised me with that ethic. My dad was doing that. My mom was doing that. They gave me a lot of free rein growing up. So I traveled Ethiopian high school to help out with medical relief work. I in college, lived in the jungles of Burma with the democratic resistance that was there. I got a degree in human rights. They encouraged me and my sister to be exchange students. They had met from opposite sides of the track here in LA at PanAm airlines. And so I think they had a very global. Yeah, the great Pan Am airlines fell in love, got married six weeks after the first date now. So the world was very important place for them where they kind of fell in love, and they always wanted us to see the world on the streets of our city and vice versa to see kind of l. a. on the streets of the world. So I always felt comfortable almost being anywhere, though. I always knew I'd come back home and Todd is a professor when I came back to PLO Missy and world affairs international human rights work, then ran for city council. Why somebody suggested it to me, my predecessor on the city council's chief of staff and she'd probably suggested it to a dozen people. I couldn't get out of my head. It was definitely not something I'd ever thought of doing. I didn't know who my city council member was growing up, but I realized why am I going far away places to work on human rights when those issues are right here, and this is the most global city in the world. And and I always give this advice to young people don't run off to DC. Don't go abroad until you set your roots down someplace because the work you do in America today is versus anything will do around the world and you can't kind of grow into that. If you don't start someplace that was the first time you were in politics. Yeah. I mean, I've worked on campaigns. I had helped my dad and one of his reelections I had worked for Kathleen Brown's campaign for governor way back when he took a fifteen point lead and lost. My fifteen points could swing.."